Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A.

Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A.

WHEN LIFE CHANGES, WE'RE THERE. If You Are Injured, Time Is of the Essence. Call our experienced Gainesville Personal Injury attorneys today.

Firm Overview

When Your Life Changes For The Worse, You Need An Advocate

In a split second, a person's life can change. A drunk driver, a careless trucker, a defective seat belt, a pharmacy error, a dangerous stairway all these examples of negligence and countless more can forever alter the victim's health, family and future.

When injury occurs from the mistakes of another, we provide a strong voice and a compassionate heart as your advocate with the insurance companies and the bill collectors so you can focus on getting better. Our proven track-record of multi-million dollar recoveries and satisfied clients are examples how we can maximize the recovery in your case.

In Alachua County, in Marion County and throughout north Florida, injured individuals turn to the law firm of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. Based in Gainesville, our personal injury lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience in motor vehicle accidents and other serious cases. We are legal advocates you can trust to treat you with the personal attention, compassion and concern you deserve.

Experienced Personal Injury Trial And Appellate Attorneys

As seasoned litigators in state, federal and appellate courts, we have extensive trial experience. We take an aggressive stance in personal injury cases, which means that we are not quick to settle a case if that is not in your best interests. We prepare all cases for the courtroom.

You do not have to face personal injury matters on your own. You do not have to give in to an immediate settlement. Consult us first.

We charge no attorneys' fees or other costs unless we recover money for you. After-hours and weekend appointments are available, and our attorneys make home and hospital visits as necessary. Let us help you today.
Main Office
Main Office
622 Northeast First Street
Gainesville  FL  32601
Phone
  • (352) 376-6046
Fax
  • 352-372-0049.
Websites

Office Information

Office Hours
8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Jack Joshua Fine

Mr. Fine is an experienced personal injury plaintiff's attorney. He holds Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating* (AV) and was a Grievance Committee Chairman for the Eighth Judicial Circuit for 2006-2008. He has taught as adjunct faculty in the trial practice course at the University of Florida Levin College of Law since 1983. Mr. Fine coached a trial team for the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1994.

Mr. Fine was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1976, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 1977, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in 1991, and the U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit in 1982.

His notable cases include Nieboer v. T.L., 394 So.2d 163 (Fla. 1st DCA 1981); Graham v. Vann, 394 So.2d 176 (Fla. 1st DCA 1981), and Turner v. PCR, Inc., 754 So.2d 683 (Fla. 2000). He published a Chapter in Criminal Trial Practice in Florida, on "Objections to Evidence," published by the Florida Bar in 1984 and was an editor of the LexisNexis Practice Guide on Florida Personal Injury in 2006.

Mr. Fine has made numerous presentations including one on Premises Liability of Landlords for Criminal Attacks to educate apartment complex owners and managers regarding things they could and should do to protect their tenants following the student murders that occurred in Gainesville in August of 1990. He has also presented at the Florida Workers' Advocates Educational Conference regarding Workers Compensation Immunity and on Legal Procedures and Overview of Testimony, Deposition and Trial at the Women as Victims, an Awareness Seminar.

Mr. Fine was born in New York, New York. He is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1976. In law school, he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. After graduation he practiced as an assistant Public Defender in their Third Judicial Circuit office in Lake City from 1976-1977. He then worked as an assistant Public Defender in the Gainesville office of the Public Defender from 1977-1980. In 1980 he founded the firm, which is now known as Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A.

Mr. Fine now exclusively represents victims of personal injury in claims against negligent parties.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
Areas of Practice

100% Plaintiff's Personal Injury Representation

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1976
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1977
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D. - 1976
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: Phi Kappa Phi
Honors: With Honors
Colby College, Waterville, Maine
B.A. - 1973
Major: Sociology

Published Works

Criminal Trial Practice in Florida, Chapter "Objections to Evidence", Florida Bar, 1984
Florida Personal Injury, Editor LexisNexis Practice Guide, 2006

Representative Cases

Nieboer v. T.L., 394 So.2d 163 (Fla 1st DCA 1981)
Turner v. PCR, Inc., 754 So.2d 683 (Florida 2000)

Classes/Seminars

Trial Practice Adjunct Faculty, University of Florida College of Law, 1983 - 2008
Trial Team Coach, University of Florida College of Law, 1994

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell's AV Rating*

Professional Associations and Memberships

The James C. Adkins, Jr. Chapter American Inns of Court, Master/Emeritus
The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Member, 1979 - 2008

Past Employment Positions

Public Defender Third Judicial Circuit Florida, Assistant, 1976 - 1977
Public Defender Eighth Judicial Circuit, Assistant, 1977 - 1980

Pro Bono Activities

Volunteer Law Week

Fraternities/Sororities

Phi Kappa Phi

Cherie Hoch Fine

Ms. Fine is a Florida native born in Orlando, Florida and raised in DeLand. She is a graduate of DeLand High School and the University of Florida. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1981. After graduation she practiced as an associate with the Gainesville firm of Watson, Folds, Steadham, Sproull, Christmann & Brashear, P.A., from 1981-1983.

She taught legal research and writing at the University of Florida College of Law. From 1993-1998 she practiced as a partner in the law firm of Springfield & Fine, P.A., specializing in criminal defense law. She is a past president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter of The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a member of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. She published an article in the Florida Criminal Law Journal on preservation of appellate issues after the Criminal Appeal Reform Act of 1996.

She has been associated with the firm of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., since 2003, and a partner since 2008. She regularly participates as an instructor in the Trial Advocacy course that the Honorable Stephan P. Mickle teaches at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and as a judge for the Appellate Advocacy program.

She now exclusively represents victims of personal injury in claims against negligent parties.

Memberships

Legal:
The Florida Bar, admitted 1981
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
The James C. Adkins, Jr. Chapter of the American Inns of Court, holding the position of Master

Community:
Founding member of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Child Advocacy Center, created to improve community response to child abuse.
Sustainer and past Treasurer of the Junior League of Gainesville
Host for "Dinner With 12 Strangers" for the University of Florida Alumni Association
Current President of the Friends of Music, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the goals and production of scholarships for students in the University of Florida's School of Music
Current Treasurer of the Humane Society of Alachua County
Areas of Practice

95% Civil Litigation Personal Injury Plaintiff
5% Probate and Guardianship Associated with Wrongful Death and Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1981
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1998

Education

University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D.
Honors: With Honors
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
B.A.
Honors: With Honors
Major: Art

Published Works

Pres. of Appellate Issues after the Criminal Appeal Reform Act 1996, Florida Criminal Law Journal, 1998

Classes/Seminars

Section Instructor Trial Advocacy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2003 - 2008
Judge Appellate Advocacy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1986 - 2008
Volunteer Instructor Trial Advocacy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2003 - Present

Honors and Awards

Recognition Of Service Award -- The Legal Panel and The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

Friends of Music of the University of Florida, President, 2007 - 2008
Friends of Music of the University of Florida, Member, 2005 - 2008
Gainesville Community Foundation Women's Giving Circle, Member, 2007 - 2008
Alachua County Humane Society, Treasurer, 2006 - 2008
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Member, 2004 - 2008
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Member, 1998 - 2008
Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, Member, 1995 - 2008
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member, 1993 - 2008
American Inns of Court Chapter, Master, 1993 - 2008
The Florida Dispute Resolution Center, Certified Court Arbitrator, 1989 - 2008
Congregation B'nai Israel, Member, 1986 - 2008
Florida Bar, Member, 1981 - 2008
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Member, 1981 - 2008
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter), President, 1998 - 2000
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter), Member, 1993 - 2000
Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section, Member, 1993 - 1998
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board Member, 1998 - 2000
Junior League of Gainesville, Member, 1987 - 1996
Junior League of Gainesville, Treasurer, 1994 - 1995
The James C. Adkins, Jr. Chapter, American Inns of Court, Master

Past Employment Positions

Watson, Folds, Steadham, Sproull, Christmann & Brashear, Associate, 1981 - 1983
University of Florida Levin College of Law, Asst. Director Legal Research & Writing, 1985 - 1986
Springfield & Fine, P.A., Partner, 1993 - 1998

Fraternities/Sororities

Phi Alpha Delta

Thomas Joel Farkash

Areas of Practice

100% Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1976
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1977
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1984
U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D.
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
B.A.
Honors: With High Honors
Major: Economics

Representative Cases

Anderson v. Auto Owners Ins. Co., 172 F.3d 767,770 (11th Cir. 1999)

Classes/Seminars

Trial Practice Instructor at UF Law School, University of Florida, 1985 - Present
Coach of UF Trial Team, University of Florida, 1985 - Present

Past Employment Positions

Office of Public Defender Eighth Circuit, FL, Assistant Public Defender, 1976 - 1980

Pro Bono Activities

University of Florida Levin College of Law Trial Team Coach, 1997 - Present

Alan R. Parlapiano

Areas of Practice

Animal Bites -- Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Premises Liability -- Plaintiff
Railroad Accidents -- Plaintiff
Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff
Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
Chemicals and Cosmetics
Firearms
Machinery and Tools
Motor Vehicle Defects
Recreational Products
Dental Malpractice
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice

Certified Legal Specialties

Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
Circuit Civil Mediator, State of Florida, 1998

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1970
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1972
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1994

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D. - 1970
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
B.S. - 1967
Major: Journalism
Edison Junior College, Port Charlotte, Florida
A.A. - 1965

Representative Cases

In the Interest of C.H.H. et al v. State, 298 So.2d 208 (Fla App 1974)
Helton v. State, 311 So.2d 381 (Fla. App. 1975)

Professional Associations and Memberships

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Member, 1984 - Present
Inns of Court, Master & Group Leader

Past Employment Positions

Florida Public Defender's Office, Public Defender, 1971 - 1979


Fraternities/Sororities

Phi Alpha Delta

Hon. Martha Ann Lott

Martha Lott retired from the bench in May 2013 after 22+ years as a County Court Judge, Circuit Judge and as Chief Judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida. She joined Fine, Farkash and Parlapiano, P.A., in July 2013. Her experience as a Judge included all areas of practice at both the County and Circuit levels in State Court. Martha Lott presided in all six counties of the 8th Circuit of Florida.

Particular areas of expertise include psychology/psychiatry (including PTSD and brain injury), family law, and litigation.

Martha Lott graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with partner, Cherie Fine, in 1981. She began her career with the Public Defender's Office of the 8th Judicial Circuit in 1981 working with partners Jack Fine, Tom Farkash and Alan Parlapiano. Prior to becoming a Judge, Martha Lott was in private practice as a trial lawyer.

In the early 1980s, she suffered a permanent injury as the result of an auto accident. She was represented by Fine, Farkash and Parlapiano, P.A. Her experience as a trial lawyer, a person with a permanent injury, and as a Judge gives her a uniquely broad perspective.

Martha Lott is known for innovative problem solving.
Bar Admissions

Florida, 1981

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D. - 1981
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
B.A.magna cum laude - 1974
Major: Psychology

Published Works

Relocation Issues in Child Custody Cases, Journal of Child Custody

Classes/Seminars

Presenter for Multiple Judicial Education Courses, 1991 - 2009
Adjunct Faculty U of Florida College of Law, 1993 - 1994

Honors and Awards

Pro Bono of the Year Award for the 8th Judicial Circuit, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships

8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

County Court Judge, 1991 - 1997
Circuit Judge, 1997 - 2009
Administrative Judge of Circuit Criminal, 2006 - June 30, 2009
Chief Judge, 2009 - 2012

Pro Bono Activities

Volunteer with Three Rivers Legal Services, 1987 - 1990

Julie Fine

Before her law career began Ms. Fine grew up as the feisty, opinionated daughter of two former criminal defense attorneys in Gainesville, Florida. She graduated from Oak Hall School in 2004, and was accepted into Vanderbilt University, where she excelled as a Cello Performance Major, making Dean’s List, and becoming a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. However, after a year in the Nashville “cold,” Ms. Fine transferred home to the University of Florida. In 2008, Ms. Fine graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Music and began her legal life at The University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Julie Aleve Fine is a 2011 graduate of The University of Florida Levin College of Law and a former Assistant State Attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Ms. Fine is an experienced trial attorney with over 40 jury trials in the past 5 years.



After a summer internship with The Office of The State Attorney for The Eighth Judicial Circuit, Ms. Fine was asked to interview for a position as an Assistant State Attorney, which she happily accepted. During her four years as an ASA, Ms. Fine gained extensive experience as a litigator, investigator, and researcher working in four distinct divisions of practice. Ms. Fine began in the general misdemeanor division, but was quickly promoted to the domestic violence division where she first recognized her passion for legal justice and protecting others.

The significant bulk of her trial experience was gained in the State Attorney Office’s most litigated division, Criminal Traffic, with over 18 trial convictions within 2 years. Ms. Fine was recognized for her work as the first ASA in the circuit to prepare, write, and argue a motion to exclude based on Florida’s newly enacted federal Daubert standards on expert opinion testimony, successfully excluding four proposed experts, which resulted in one of many guilty jury trial verdicts.

Ms. Fine’s efforts were appreciated and recognized by her local law enforcement officers when she was nominated and received the 2014 MADD Award for Outstanding Performance in the Prosecution of DUI Cases. In her second year, Ms. Fine was asked to assist on a first-degree murder prosecution within the offices’ Firearm’s Division, which resulted in a guilty verdict.

In June of 2014, she was promoted and assigned to a position within the General Felony Division working primarily with narcotics and fraud as well as assisting in The Sex Crimes Division’s trial cases until she relocated to Las Vegas at the end of June 2015. Ms. Fine passed the Nevada bar exam in February 2016, and worked remotely until moving back to Gainesville.

Ms. Fine’s career path was unexpected and yet it has led to a well-rounded and passionate attorney. Her personal and academic background, her dedication and passion within the field, as well as the legal training and experience she has received make her an excellent litigator and the quintessential advocate. She now exclusively represents victims of personal injury.

Jonathan Ramsey

onathan was born in the small town of York, Nebraska. However, his family quickly got tired of the cold, and moved to Miami, Florida when he was just 3. He stayed in Miami until he completed high school, where he graduated Valedictorian of his class.

Jonathan then went to Florida State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in only three and a half years. While at FSU, Jonathan interned at both the University affiliated newspaper as well as their radio station. After working for a few years, Jonathan went back to school getting a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Florida. Jonathan used this education when he worked in several political campaigns including a winning campaign in which he was the campaign manager. After completing his Master’s Degree, Jonathan stayed at the University of Florida and attended Levin College of Law. While attending Levin College of Law, Jonathan received the “Book Award” in the class Trial Practice being recognized as the class’s top student. He also received certificates for Pro Bono work as well as a certificate for an emphasis in criminal justice law. Criminal Justice was Jonathan’s passion in law school spending time either as an intern or a volunteer at the State Attorney’s Office.

After graduation, Jonathan worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. After passing the Florida Bar, the office sent Jonathan to a week long seminar where he was recognized and received an award for his trial advocacy skills. He started his career in the Levy County Office but was moved to the Alachua County Office after several months. While in the Alachua County Office, Jonathan worked in the General Misdemeanor Division where he was partnered with a seasoned traffic prosecutor named Julie Fine. Jonathan was then moved
to a traffic division himself and due to his work was nominated by local law enforcement and was recognized in 2014 by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and given the Prosecutor Award of Excellence. In the Fall of 2015, Jonathan was promoted to the Felony division taking multiple cases to trial and sustaining convictions.

Why Jonathan became a lawyer: “Growing up people always told me I should become a lawyer because I was talented at arguing. Being a lawyer was not something that appealed to me. The thought of being stuck in an office and doing billable hours was something that simply didn’t interest me. It wasn’t until I got older, and I saw how I could use my abilities to help people, to help my community that I found my calling. And that is what I strive to do every day as an attorney: to help my community.”

Melissa Morris

Prior to moving to Gainesville, she grew up as a military brat and travelled the world. Once her father retired from the US Air Force, he moved the family to Gainesville. Ms. Morris has lived in and loved Gainesville since 1996. She attended Hidden Oak Elementary School, Howard Bishop Middle School, and Gainesville High School.

She studied Anthropology at the University of Florida and graduated with highest honors. Ms.



Morris was then accepted to the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She served as an

intern with the domestic violence division of the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and then with the family law division of the Alachua County Civil Justice Center. She graduated from law school with honors.

in 2015 and earned a Pro Bono Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for her commitment to serving the community.

Ms. Morris began her career in law at Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, PA, in 2015 and has been working there ever since. Ms. Morris passionately represents victims of personal injury.

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